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Regional Roundup of the News The following are links to a selection of transportation-related articles published recently by newspapers in the northern New Jersey region. This page is updated on at least a bi-weekly basis. Please note that links on this page may expire or be unreliable due to changes made by host newspapers.
 
The Portal triumph does not erase the mortal transit threat | Editorial NJ.com, 2/16/2020 - As 200,000 daily riders know, there are times when the Portal Bridge is neither portal nor bridge.
Developers Could Have to Foot the Bill for Mass Transit Upgrades NJ Spotlight, 2/14/20 - Should developers pay for mass transit improvements near projects where they build? They already are asked sometimes to pay for upgrades to wastewater treatment plants, roads, and storm drainage facilities under current law.
Port Authority cites record-breaking year, OKs airport upgrades, new ferry and food market NorthJersey.com, 2/13/20 - A new commuter ferry, the next phase of renovations at JFK Airport and a new produce market got the green light at Thursday’s Port Authority board meeting.
New faces on NJ Transit board confront commuter outrage NJTV, 2/13/20 - In its first monthly meeting since being reinforced with new members, the board that oversees NJ Transit received a warm welcome and a cold reminder of the magnitude of the task that lies ahead in reforming the state’s troubled mass transit system.
A new commuter ferry to NYC on track to set sail in September NJ.com, 2/13/2020 - Commuters tired of battling traffic in a growing Hudson County city are closer to getting a quick ferry ride across the river.
NJ Transit says it’s back on track to make deadline for $500M safety system NJ.com, 2/13/20 - NJ Transit's critical program to install a federally mandated safety system by the end of the year is getting back on track.
We (and the environment) need more frequent buses, study tells NJ Transit NJ.com, 2/12/20 - NJ Transit could increase ridership, get more people out of cars and reduce air pollution if the agency ran buses every 15 minutes on 14 routes identified in two studies commissioned by the New Jersey Sierra Club Chapter.
Feds greenlight funding for Portal Bridge but not Gateway NJ.com, 2/11/2020 - WASHINGTON — Joy that the federal government finally green-lighted funding for the Portal Bridge was tempered when the Gateway Tunnel failed to win support.
Trump stiffed Gateway Tunnel while giving OK for Portal Bridge funding. Here’s why. NJ.com, 2/11/20 - Joy that the federal government finally green-lighted funding for the Portal Bridge was tempered when the Gateway Tunnel failed to win support.
Murphy clarifies electric vehicle rebate eligibility NJBiz.com, 2/11/2020 - The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities has engaged the Center for Sustainable Energy to assist in developing and administering New Jersey’s electric vehicle incentive program, including full application details. Additional information regarding how to receive the rebate will be provided as the program is developed.
Sweeney to introduce amendment guaranteeing NJ Transit funding NJBiz.com, 2/11/2020 - Senate President Stephen Sweeney said he plans to unveil a constitutionally dedicated source of funding for New Jersey Transit, one of the first major proposals from legislative leadership under the Murphy administration to bolster the agency’s finances.
Commuting chaos out of NYC is bound to happen again. Use my hacks to get home. NJ.com, 2/10/2020 - What can you do, when your regular way home goes awry in a nanosecond? As a former editor used to tell me, “be nimble” and use my commuting hacks.
Portal North Bridge can move to next phase with bump in status from federal agency NorthJersey.com, 2/10/2020 - The $1.8 billion project to replace the more than century-old bridge received a "medium-high" rating from the federal agency, up two pegs from the "medium-low" category. 
Newsstand and coffee shop upgraded at Secaucus Junction Station HudsonReporter.com, 2/10/2020 - This is a part of NJ Transit’s efforts to increase non-farebox revenue and bring in money from other sources. Non-farebox revenue is any revenue made by NJ Transit that excludes fares paid by passengers.
Making the Case for Replacing NJ’s Municipal Streetlights with LED Lighting NJSpotlight.com, 2/7/2020 - Local officials, utilities among those urging BPU to adopt the lighting, which is supposed to reduce energy costs, greenhouse gas emissions
Route 3 bridge closed since spring 2018 will reopen Wednesday night NorthJersey.com, 2/4/2020 - The state Department of Transportation has news that will be music to the ears of Lyndhurst and Rutherford residents, as well as anyone who uses Route 3: The Ridge Road Bridge will reopen to traffic on Wednesday night.
Port Authority sets passenger records in 2019 NJBiz, 2/4/2020 - The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey established new records at the airports, seaport, PATH system, Goethals Bridge and Staten Island bridges in 2019.
Commuting nightmare crippled travel between N.J. and NYC. Here’s what caused it. NJ.com, 2/4/20 - A day after social media exploded with horror stories from commuters who were delayed 90 minutes or more on their way home, we’re getting a clearer picture of exactly what went wrong -- and why it could possibly happen again in the future.
Town is reimagining its downtown with massive $500M development NJ.com, 2/4/20 - A $500 million dollar mixed-use redevelopment project is officially coming to East Brunswick, township officials announced at a press conference on Tuesday
Express E-ZPass lanes coming to busy N.J. Turnpike toll plaza, report says silive.com, 2/3/20 -  New E-ZPass express lanes coming to a busy New Jersey Turnpike toll plaza could save some Staten Islanders valuable time during their daily commute.
Feeling the squeeze? There are a record number of us traveling in N.J. NJ.com, 2/3/2020 - Feeling the squeeze? There are a record number of us traveling in N.J.
Hillsborough Lawmaker Proposes Immediate EZ-Pass Receipts TapINto.net, 3/3/2020 - TRENTON, NJ – Thousands of commuters travel through E-ZPass toll booths daily. Aiming to ensure residents are notified expeditiously of an overcharge on their account, Assemblymen Roy Freiman, a Hillsborough resident, and Daniel Benson are sponsors of legislation that would immediately notify customers of a toll fee.
Somerville Asks New Jersey to Reduce Speed limit on Route 28 Tapinto.net, 3/3/2020 - SOMERVILLE, NJ - Ongoing concerns with pedestrian safety and motorists ignoring speed limit signs on Route 28 has prompted the Borough Council to seek a remedy from the state Department of Transportation.
Bergenfield and Fair Lawn boosting pedestrian safety NJTPA Mention
NorthJersey.com, 2/3/20 - Flashing beacons, speed radars and striped crosswalks are some of the improvements coming to Fair Lawn and Bergenfield, a result of $50,000 pedestrian safety grants the two towns received. 
Gateway sees itself in congressional chairs’ $760B infrastructure plan NJBIZ.com, 1/29/20 - The chairs of three U.S. House Committees released a framework on Wednesday for a five-year, $760 billion investment in infrastructure they believe would address America’s most urgent capital investment needs.
State Auditor Issues Report Sharply Critical of NJ Transit NJSpotlight.com, 2/3/20 - A new audit of NJ Transit’s rail operations echoes previous dim assessments of the state’s chief mass transit system, showing it to be behind schedule and over budget on an important safety initiative and beset by delayed and canceled trains, many of them due to preventable causes.
One of the Turnpike’s busiest toll plazas is getting express lanes NJ.com, 1/28/2020 - Express E-ZPass lanes are coming to one of the NJ Turnpike’s busiest toll plazas, that serves both Interchange 16E to the Lincoln Tunnel and 18E to I-80 and the George Washington Bridge.
$3M announced in Transit Village, Safe Streets to Transit & Bikeways grants NJBiz.com, 1/28/2020 - Gov. Phil Murphy announced Monday local aid grants totaling $3 million to help 13 municipalities advance projects designed to improve the quality of life for residents without burdening local property tax-payers. 
N.Y. got an advocate to help drivers settle toll fines. Does N.J. need one, too? NJ.com, 1/28/2020 - An E-Zpass sign tells drivers on the New Jersey Turnpike the electronic toll system has collected their toll. Drivers, who have a toll dispute in New York, can turn to a newly created advocate to help when there is a violation.
Jersey City Officials Move to Adopt Parking Tax Targeting Out-of-Towners njspotlight.com, 1/27/2020 - Now, armed with a new state law, Jersey City is looking to change the terms of the financial equation for commuters who opt to drive into town.
Murphy PACT looks to energize state’s response to climate change NJBIZ.com, 1/27/20 - On Monday, Gov. Phil Murphy signed Executive Order No. 100, directing the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to make sweeping regulatory reforms, branded as Protecting Against Climate Threats (PACT), to reduce emissions and adapt to climate change.
Op-Ed: Addressing the Challenges of Transitioning NJ to a New Energy Future njspotlight.com, 1/27/2020 - With state’s Energy Master Plan to be announced today, we need to take a step back to ensure that decisions are well-informed and based on evidence
'Zachary’s Law' Commemorates Life Of Ben Simmons' Cousin New Jersey News Network, 1/23/2020 — A new law commemorates the life of Zachary Simmons, the 21-year-old man who died in Hoboken in June 2016 after being hit by a vehicle that subsequently left the scene.
Bus company ends two routes between George Washington Bridge and Rockland The Record, 1/22/2020 — Some bus commuters in Bergen County and Rockland County will have to find a new way to get into New York City, after the Port Authority severed ties with a carrier.
Community meeting announced regarding Hoboken’s Marshall Street Substation HudsonReporter.com, 1/23/2020 - Community meeting announced regarding Hoboken’s Marshall Street Substation
 
United Airlines, PANYNJ plan upgrades for Newark Airport restrooms United Airlines, PANYNJ plan upgrades for Newark Airport restrooms
NJBiz.com, 1/23/2020 - The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey is investing $19 million and United Airlines is ponying up another $25 million to modernize restroom facilities at Newark Liberty International Airport.
Murphy cool on permanent revenue source for NJ Transit NJBiz.com, 1/23/2020 - While legislative leaders and public transportation advocates have lined up behind an effort to establish a dedicated and recurring source of revenue for New Jersey Transit, Gov. Phil Murphy playing it close to the vest on the concept.
Another light rail stop coming to Hoboken? Mayor, NJ Transit meet to discuss possibility The Jersey Journal, 1/22/2020 — Northwest Hoboken has managed to draw new businesses and residents despite not having an immediate transit hub. But as major redevelopment for the area takes shape, a light rail stop could come with it.
Commuters rest easy – NJ Transit to avoid fare hikes in coming year NJ BIZ, 1/22/2020 — Gov. Phil Murphy announced Tuesday morning that he would not hike fares for bus and rail riders at New Jersey Transit for the coming fiscal year, which runs July 1 to June 30, 2021.
Opinion: NJ Transit just had its best week in years NJ.com, 1/21/20 - NJ Transit was covered in just 20 sentences of Gov. Murphy’s State of the State address Tuesday.
Sarnoski Joins NJTPA Executive Board NJTPA Mention
Inside Warren, 1/21/20 - Warren County Freeholder Jason J. Sarnoski was elected Secretary of the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA), a key post on the Executive Board, at its January 13 Board of Trustees meeting.
Murphy announces no NJ Transit fare hike for commuters for 2020 northjersey.com, 11/21/2020 - There will be no fare hikes for NJ Transit commuters in 2020, Gov. Phil Murphy announced Tuesday morning.
Murphy signs electric vehicles incentives measure NJBIZ, 1/17/20 - Gov. Phil Murphy on Jan. 17 signed into law a bill providing incentives and rebates toward purchases of electric vehicles.
Aggressive Program to Electrify NJ Transportation Ready to Launch Today NJ Spotlight, 1/17/20 - Gov. Phil Murphy is expected today to sign a bill viewed as one of the most comprehensive programs any state in the nation has put in place to electrify its transportation system.
United introduces hourly shuttle service from Newark to DC NJBiz.com, 1/17/20 - United says it will operate the world’s only two-cabin, 50-seat regional aircraft – the Bombardier CRJ-550 – on most flights. The airline says tickets for the 13 daily flights will be available for purchase beginning Jan. 18 and that service starts on March 29.
Advocates for people with disabilities detail obstacles in traveling NJ Transit NorthJersey.com, 1/16/20 - “Living independently, finding and maintaining competitive employment or socializing with friends and family are only possible with reliable transportation,” said Tom Buffato, executive director for ARC of New Jersey.
Hillsborough Gets $500,000 to Help Ease Route 206 Truck Traffic Tapinto.net, 1/16/20 - TRENTON, NJ - State Assemblyman Roy Freiman (D-Somerset, Mercer, Middlesex, Hunterdon) announced Thursday that Hillsborough will be receiving $500,000 from the state after Gov. Phil Murphy released $121 million in earmarked state funds that had been frozen in the summer, as a safeguard against tax collections falling short.
The Bridge to and From Paradise: LBI, That Is Tapinto.net - 1/16/20 - Depending on who you talk to, the bridge going from the mainland to LBI has a few names. Some call it the Causeway, although it is formally known as the Dorland J. Henderson Memorial Bridge. The Department of Transportation (DOT) has another label for the seemingly endless bridge construction. The various aspects of the Route 72 Manahawkin Bay Bridges Project aren’t scheduled to conclude until 2024.
Passaic County Freeholder John Bartlett Elected First Vice-Chair of North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority NJTPA Mention
TAP into Wayne, 1/16/20 — Passaic County Freeholder John Bartlett was elected First Vice-Chair of the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA) at the Jan. 13 Board of Trustees meeting.
Sweeney’s NJ Transit Panel Fields Complaints from Riders with Disabilities NJ Spotlight, 1/17/20 - The difficulties riders with disabilities face when using NJ Transit’s trains and buses was the focus Thursday of the third in a series of legislative hearings on the continuing deficiencies of the state’s mass transportation system.
Top transit expert nominated to NJ Transit’s board of directors NJ.com, 1/15/20 - Gov. Phil Murphy made two more nominations to NJ Transit’s board of directors this week, NJ Advance Media has learned. One would seat a transit expert and Raritan Valley Line rider and the other repeats an earlier nomination of a Democratic official who worked on his campaign.
Ferry commuters should see some relief soon. Biggest vessel is back in service. NJ.com, 1/15/20 - Mechanical problems that plagued NY Waterway this month could be abating after a big boat that was on the sidelines is scheduled to return to service Wednesday.
Springfield Town Hall Hosts Presentation on NJDOT Morris Ave. Bridge Project Tapinto.net, 1/15/19 - SPRINGFIELD, NJ — In anticipation of a New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) project scheduled to start in later this decade, the township hosted an information presentation at the municipal building from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. yesterday afternoon.
MOTBY ferry terminal to open in September HudsonReporter.com, 1/15/19 - The ferry terminal slated for construction at the former Military Ocean Terminal at Bayonne (MOTBY) will open in September.
Ferry commuters should see some relief soon. Biggest vessel is back in service. NJ.com, 1/15/20 - Mechanical problems that plagued NY Waterway this month could be abating after a big boat that was on the sidelines is scheduled to return to service Wednesday.
Springfield Town Hall Hosts Presentation on NJDOT Morris Ave. Bridge Project Tapinto.net, 1/15/19 - SPRINGFIELD, NJ — In anticipation of a New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) project scheduled to start in later this decade, the township hosted an information presentation at the municipal building from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. yesterday afternoon.
Murphy signs law requiring NJ Transit to study Raritan Valley 'one-seat ride' to Penn NorthJersey.com, 1/14/20 - The Raritan Valley Line's "one-seat ride" into Penn Station New York will be studied by NJ Transit and a report must be issued in July, according to legislation signed by Gov. Phil Murphy on Monday.
NJ Transit Governing Board Gets New Members, Ending Lengthy Stalemate over Nominees NJspotlight.com, 1/14/20 - Decision made on last full day of legislative session, brings board closer to its full complement of 13.
Roxbury's DeFillippo to Head state Transportation Planning Authority NJTPA Mention
TAP into Roxbury, 1/13/2020 —Roxbury resident Kathy DeFillippo, a Morris County freeholder, was elected Monday to a 2-year term as chair of the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA).
Murphy to decide on bill creating EV incentives and statewide program NJBiz.com, 1/14/20 - The state Legislature sent Gov. Phil Murphy a long-stalled bill that would dramatically ramp up New Jersey’s electric vehicle market over the next decade.
Coalition presses Trump on $14B Hudson River tunnel replacement NJBiz.com, 1/13/20 - The Build Gateway Now Coalition issued a statement on Jan. 10 in response to President Donald Trump’s comments... 
NJ Transit to conduct study on Raritan Valley/NYC one-seat rail service NJBiz.com, 1/13/20 - The report will be required to include findings concerning why service was initially suspended, historical and expected ridership for the direct rail service to New York City; action that NJ Transit would be required to take in order to provide the service; the amount of time those actions are expected to take; the cost to provide the service; and any factors that may delay or increase the cost of providing the service.
NJ Congressman's Plans for a 'Clean Economoy' by 2050 NJ 101.5, 1/13/20 - The window for limiting catastrophic climate-related disasters is closing, federal lawmakers say. So members of the Energy and Commerce Committee, chaired by New Jersey Congressman Frank Pallone, have a plan to get the United States to a "100% clean economy" in the next 30 years.
NJ Transit line’s new eco-friendly engines will mean fewer delays, agency says NJ.com, 1/10/20 - All 20 trains on the 34-mile long River Line -- which runs between Trenton and Camden -- are scheduled to receive new diesel engines that meet higher environmental standards and are more fuel efficient, said Nathan Rudy, an NJ Transit spokesman.
Route 18 Signs Now Point To Paul Robeson Boulevard Tapinto.net, 1/10/20 - The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) has replaced signage along Route 18 to reflect the city's renaming of Commercial Avenue in honor of actor/singer/activist Paul Robeson.
NY Waterway rents boats to bring ferry service back to normal NJ.com, 1/10/20 - NY Waterway officials said they have enough vessels operating to run regularly scheduled ferry service after a week’s work of mechanical problems and other issues that resulted in fewer boats to provide regularly scheduled service.
Bridge linking 2 Jersey Shore towns to close for emergency repairs NJ.com, 1/8/2020 — A bridge that links Avon-by-the-Sea and Belmar will soon close for several months of emergency repairs, officials said.
NJDOT commissioner elected to IBTTA board NJBIZ, 1/8/2020 — The International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association elected New Jersey Department of Transportation Commissioner Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti as its second vice president, the organization announced Wednesday.
Port Authority hires general manager for New Jersey airports NJBIZ, 1/8/20 — The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey hired James Gill to be general manager of New Jersey airports, covering Newark Liberty International Airport and Teterboro Airport.
NJ May Require High-Hazard Trains to Disclose Routes, Contents NJ 101.5, 1/8/20 - Legislation imposing new requirements on high-hazard trains traveling through New Jersey, including online disclosure of their routes and contents and consequences of a possible spill, is scheduled for final approval in a Monday vote.
Amtrak, NJ Transit invest $7.2M to upgrade NY Penn Station NJBiz.com, 1/7/20 - Amtrak and New Jersey Transit are investing $7.2 million in a project that began Jan. 7 with a refresh of the Amtrak Concourse ticketed waiting area at New York Penn Station on the Upper Level and 8th Avenue side
What would Penn Station expansion mean for New Jersey commuters? The Record, 1/7/2020 — During Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s more than 5,200-word address Monday announcing plans to expand Penn Station a block south, New Jersey was sparsely mentioned.
Key Day for Jump-Starting NJ’s Transition to Electric Vehicles NJ Spotlight, 1/6/20 - Following intense negotiations over legislation to electrify state’s transportation sector, members of three legislative committees get to vote today on a revised bill
Penn Station expansion plan to include eight new tracks, increase capacity by 40 percent The Record, 1/6/2020 — Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced plans Monday to add eight new tracks and a new entrance to New York Penn Station, as part of an expansive overhaul to the embattled train station.
Lawmakers drive ahead bill expanding NJ electric vehicle access NJBiz.com, 1/6/20 - State lawmakers are rushing a long-stalled bill before the lame duck session ends next week that would dramatically ramp up the New Jersey’s electric vehicle market over the next decade.
Route 206 Bypass Project on Schedule for Completion in 2020 TapInto.net, 1/5/20 - HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Mayor Doug Tomson, township residents and motorists who have to wrestle with chronic the congestion on Route 206 are looking forward to the end of the year, by which time the long-awaited 4-mile Route 206 Bypass is expected to open...
Here’s how N.J. gas prices could rise because of conflict in Iran NJ.com, 1/4/20 - Gas prices may have a turbulent January after U.S. air strikes killed Iran’s top general on Friday, but experts don’t expect it to change forecasts for slightly lower gas prices in later 2020.
Tolls going up on bridges, tunnels to NYC starting Sunday NJ.com, 1/4/20 - The first Monday of 2020 brings more than just the dreary start of another work week for commuters using Port Authority Bridges and Tunnels.
Coalition calls for federal action to spur $14B Hudson River tunnel replacement NJBiz.com, 1/3/20 - Build Gateway Now is comprised of more than 40 civic, labor, business and elected groups who know Gateway is a critical priority for the region and the nation’s economy. 
Port Authority breaks passenger, cargo records in November 2019 NJBiz.com, 1/3/20 - The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates Newark Liberty International Airport, LaGuardia Airport, John F. Kennedy International Airport, New York Stewart International Airport, and bridges and tunnels in both states, broke records on the number of passengers and cargo shipments it saw in November 2019.
Gateway Program Development Corp. names NY trustee Cohen chairman NJBiz.com, 1/2/20 - The Gateway Program Development Corp. said Thursday it named Steven Cohen, the trustee for the State of New York, chairman for 2020.
State of NJ Transit, Port Authority in 2019 — and what you can expect for 2020 The Record, 1/1/2020 - You'll often hear transit officials and politicians say that even though the embattled agency is making improvement, even one cancelled train is not good.
Opinion: Distracted driving: Automakers need to get back in touch with haptic controls NJ.com, 12/31/19 - It’s New Year’s Eve. That means we can expect the usual slew of warnings concerning drunken driving. But these days you’re more likely to be done in – or do yourself in – as a result of distracted driving.
By the numbers: Morristown’s 2019 ‘Street Smart’ pedestrian safety program NJTPA Mention
Morristowngreen.com, 12/31/19 - The Town of Morristown has seen improvement in pedestrian safety following the Morristown Bureau of Police’s participation in its third Street Smart pedestrian safety campaign, according to a new report from TransOptions.
Bayonne Bridge toll increases in 2020 Hudson Reporter.com, 12/31/19 - Commuters who use the Bayonne Bridge as well as other bridges and tunnels from New Jersey to New York will experience an increase in toll rates starting Jan. 5, 2020.
Only in Jersey: Traffic safety served up with a side of attitude, humor NJ.com, 12/30/19 - Would drivers really slow down to read a flashing sign about safety? They might if it mixed Jersey humor with an in-laws joke.
Town of Morristown Improves Pedestrian Safety Through Street Smart Campaign TAPinto, 12/28/19 - MORRISTOWN, NJ - The Town of Morristown has seen improvement in pedestrian safety following the Morristown Bureau of Police’s participation in the Street Smart pedestrian safety campaign, according to a new report from TransOptions.
Making a call, texting, and drinking coffee killed the most drivers last year in N.J. NJ.com, 12/28/19 - Motorists talking on phones, texting or engrossed by complicated infotainment systems while driving are more than an annoyance – they can be downright deadly.
​Murphy said commuters would see NJ Transit improve in 2019. Did it?  NJ.com, 12/28/19 - This was the year commuters were supposed to see their NJ Transit train and bus ride get better. Gov. Phil Murphy said so, as early as December 2018.
N.J’.s ferry fleet is getting greener and younger NJ.com, 12/27/19 - SeaStreak ferries that ply the water between Monmouth County and New York are getting newer and cleaner.
More MVC agencies issuing Real ID licenses, but you can’t get it before St. Patrick’s Day NJ.com, 12/27/19 - More than 50% of state motor vehicle agencies are now issuing the more secure Real ID drivers license, required for domestic air travel, but if you haven’t made an appointment to get one, you’re out of luck until St. Patrick’s Day.
511NJ information now available with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant NJBiz.com, 12/23/19 - New Jersey Department of Transportation Commissioner Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti announced Dec. 20 that NJDOT is the first department in the country to provide hands-free, real-time, statewide, traffic and traveler information using both Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant devices.
511NJ information now available with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant NJBiz.com, 12/23/19 - New Jersey Department of Transportation Commissioner Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti announced Dec. 20 that NJDOT is the first department in the country to provide hands-free, real-time, statewide, traffic and traveler information using both Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant devices.
Sunday Bus Service to Manhattan Comes to Bayonne Tapinto.net, 12/22/19 - BAYONNE, NJ - An experiment by NJ Transit to expand bus service between Bayonne, Jersey City, and Midtown Manhattan to seven days a week has been made permanent, Mayor Jimmy Davis recently announced.
$17M Federal Transportation Grant for to Bring New Buses to NJ Transit Tapinto.net - 12/22/19 - MAPLEWOOD, NJ — US Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill (D-NJ 11) announced the award of $17,275,000 in federal transportation funding to New Jersey earlier this month.
 
Federal budget package includes $700M for Hudson River tunnel project NJBiz.com, 12/20/19 - The U.S. Senate approved legislation Dec. 19 that includes $700 million in the fiscal year 2020 budget toward the replacement of Hudson River railroad tunnels that connect New Jersey and Manhattan.
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Red Bank: Sun to rise again on street NJTPA Mention
Red Bank Green, 12/20/19 — The sun won’t go down on a “tactical urbanist” experiment undertaken to improve traffic safety at a tricky Red Bank intersection earlier this year, redbankgreen has learned.
Podcast: What's next with electric vehicles? NJ Spotlight, 12/20/19 — There is widespread agreement that New Jersey will not achieve its clean-energy goals unless it moves rapidly toward electrifying its transportation sector, the biggest single source of greenhouse gas emissions.
NYC subway gives N.J. commuters a peek of how they could pay fare in the future NJ.com, 12/19/19 - New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority expanded the OMNY pilot program that allows commuters to tap a contactless debit or credit card or a smart device to pay fares in Penn Station New York. That tap-and-go system puts riders a step closer to the end of buying fare cards and replenishing them with money.
NY-NJ state of freight: better warehouses and roads needed NJTPA Mention
FreightWaves, 12/19/19 — After becoming the No. 2 gateway for seaborne containers in the U.S., New York and New Jersey need to pay more attention to landside issues that impact freight movements, including more innovative warehouse designs and locations and much-needed improvements to aging roadways and a major air cargo hub. 
New parking tax for six NJ municipalities awaits Governor’s signature NJ Spotlight, 12/18/19 — New Jersey’s largest municipalities could soon have the authority to levy a new tax on parking to help raise money for pedestrian-access improvements at mass-transit stations.
Plan to fund transit, fight climate change could mean higher gas prices in N.J. NJ.com, 12/18/19 - Is it worth a 5 to 17 cent per gallon increase in gas prices to fight climate change, reduce air pollution and plow the money into better public transit and electric vehicles?
New Tax on Gas Proposed to Fix NJ Transit and Save the Planet NJ101.5, 12/18/19 - The Transportation and Climate Initiative, a regional collaboration of several states including, is pushing a plan to cut carbon emissions, reduce pollution and expand the use of clean energy in transportation.
Bill studying Raritan Valley-NYC peak, direct service advances in Assembly NJBiz.com, 12/18/19 - The New Jersey Assembly advanced a measure that would require New Jersey Transit to conduct a feasibility study on restoring direct train service on the Raritan Valley Line to Manhattan.
Governor to decide on ‘parking tax’ for NJ’s largest cities NJBiz.com, 12/17/19 - The state Legislature sent the governor a bill allowing New Jersey’s six largest cities to enact a so-called “parking tax” in order to finance pedestrian-access to mass transit projects.
Middlesex County announces updated pedestrian safety program for Milltown, South Amboy CentralJersey.com/ 12/17/19 - The Slow Down in Our Town pedestrian safety program began 15 years ago through an initiative of the Middlesex County Board of Freeholders and the Middlesex County Comprehensive Traffic Safety Program (CTSP).
NJ Transit trains are the nation’s worst again, feds say NJ.com, 12/16/19 - NJ Transit trains are the worst in the nation, racking up the most breakdowns of any transit system during 2018.
Jersey City survey seeks residents’ opinion on parking issues NJTPA Mention
NJ.com, 12/17/19 — As part of Jersey City’s effort to create a citywide parking management plan, it is asking residents to fill out a survey to understand the priorities and challenges of parking across the city.
Time for State to Get Moving on Electric Vehicles: NJ Spotlight Roundtable NJ Spotlight, 12/16/19 - The state needs to accelerate its efforts to electrify the transportation sector, but who should pay for it and how big a role utilities should play in making that happen sparked a lot of debate at an NJ Spotlight roundtable this past Friday in Hamilton Township.
Red Bank: Sun to rise again on street NJTPA Mention
Red Bank Green, 12/20/19 — The sun won’t go down on a “tactical urbanist” experiment undertaken to improve traffic safety at a tricky Red Bank intersection earlier this year, redbankgreen has learned.
Podcast: What's next with electric vehicles? NJ Spotlight, 12/20/19 — There is widespread agreement that New Jersey will not achieve its clean-energy goals unless it moves rapidly toward electrifying its transportation sector, the biggest single source of greenhouse gas emissions.
NYC subway gives N.J. commuters a peek of how they could pay fare in the future NJ.com, 12/19/19 - New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority expanded the OMNY pilot program that allows commuters to tap a contactless debit or credit card or a smart device to pay fares in Penn Station New York. That tap-and-go system puts riders a step closer to the end of buying fare cards and replenishing them with money.
NY-NJ state of freight: better warehouses and roads needed NJTPA Mention
FreightWaves, 12/19/19 — After becoming the No. 2 gateway for seaborne containers in the U.S., New York and New Jersey need to pay more attention to landside issues that impact freight movements, including more innovative warehouse designs and locations and much-needed improvements to aging roadways and a major air cargo hub. 
Bill studying Raritan Valley-NYC peak, direct service advances in Assembly NJBiz.com, 12/18/19 - The New Jersey Assembly advanced a measure that would require New Jersey Transit to conduct a feasibility study on restoring direct train service on the Raritan Valley Line to Manhattan.
New parking tax for six NJ municipalities awaits Governor’s signature NJ Spotlight, 12/18/19 — New Jersey’s largest municipalities could soon have the authority to levy a new tax on parking to help raise money for pedestrian-access improvements at mass-transit stations.
Plan to fund transit, fight climate change could mean higher gas prices in N.J. NJ.com, 12/18/19 - Is it worth a 5 to 17 cent per gallon increase in gas prices to fight climate change, reduce air pollution and plow the money into better public transit and electric vehicles?
New Tax on Gas Proposed to Fix NJ Transit and Save the Planet NJ101.5, 12/18/19 - The Transportation and Climate Initiative, a regional collaboration of several states including, is pushing a plan to cut carbon emissions, reduce pollution and expand the use of clean energy in transportation.
Governor to decide on ‘parking tax’ for NJ’s largest cities NJBiz.com, 12/17/19 - The state Legislature sent the governor a bill allowing New Jersey’s six largest cities to enact a so-called “parking tax” in order to finance pedestrian-access to mass transit projects.
Middlesex County announces updated pedestrian safety program for Milltown, South Amboy CentralJersey.com/ 12/17/19 - The Slow Down in Our Town pedestrian safety program began 15 years ago through an initiative of the Middlesex County Board of Freeholders and the Middlesex County Comprehensive Traffic Safety Program (CTSP).
NJ Transit trains are the nation’s worst again, feds say NJ.com, 12/16/19 - NJ Transit trains are the worst in the nation, racking up the most breakdowns of any transit system during 2018.
Jersey City survey seeks residents’ opinion on parking issues NJTPA Mention
NJ.com, 12/17/19 — As part of Jersey City’s effort to create a citywide parking management plan, it is asking residents to fill out a survey to understand the priorities and challenges of parking across the city.
Time for State to Get Moving on Electric Vehicles: NJ Spotlight Roundtable NJ Spotlight, 12/16/19 - The state needs to accelerate its efforts to electrify the transportation sector, but who should pay for it and how big a role utilities should play in making that happen sparked a lot of debate at an NJ Spotlight roundtable this past Friday in Hamilton Township.